MHP announces 30 to Watch: Young Journalist Awards 2018

MHP is delighted to announce that nominations for the 30 To Watch: Young Journalist Awards 2018 are now open.

This is the seventh year that we have staged the awards, which have become an increasingly popular event in the media calendar. MHP instigated the 30 To Watch awards because we believe some of the best and most innovative work in British journalism is being done by young people – often for not much money and precious little recognition.

Over the years many of our past winners have gone on to become established and respected figures in the UK media. We are pleased to see that every year many former winners lend their support to the event by nominating the people who are the new, up and coming media stars.

The Process

We have made some changes to the awards this year and are introducing new categories which we hope better reflect the diverse and changing nature of journalism. This year we are seeking nominations in the following categories:

  • News
  • Health
  • Lifestyle
  • Business/Trade press
  • Financial
  • Politics
  • Campaign
  • Innovation

The MHP Young Journalism Awards are FREE to enter – the only requirement is that entrants should be under the age of 30 and working full time in some aspect of the media. You can nominate yourself, a friend or a colleague.


Follow the simple instructions and return the form by email to The closing date for entries is April 30th 2018.

Our judges will use the long list of nominations to identify the 30 young people who we think stand out from their peers. From that list of 30 winners we will choose eight gold winners in the categories listed above. The awards night – which will be hosted by Jay Rayner –  will take place in London on May 23.

Head of the MHP Media Unit, Ian Kirby said: “I’m really pleased that 30 To Watch is proving to be such a success. Every year it attracts more entries and the judges’ job keeps getting harder.

“We’re changing the format this year to reflect changes in the media and to encourage more entries from journalists outside the mainstream. It promises to be a really interesting event.”

The Judges

We are pleased to announce the external judges for the Young Journalist Awards who will be helping us to identify the brightest new talent, are:

Camilla Mankabady: Programme editor ITV News
Peter Campbell: Financial Times motor industry correspondent and former 30 To Watch gold winner
Roger Alton: Contributing Editor, The Daily Mail
David Ford: Executive Producer CNN London
Jo Willey: Freelance Health reporter
Aisha Gani: Freelance reporter and former 30 To Watch winner


Previous winners

Last year’s MHP Young Journalist Award: 30 to Watch winners were:

Gold: Finola Miles – ITV News
Henry Zeffman – The Times
Hayley Dixon – The Daily Telegraph
Kate Proctor – The Evening Standard
Daisy Wyatt – The i
Katie Morley – The Daily Telegraph

Gold: Jane Bradley – Buzzfeed
Charlie Cooper – Politico
Cherry Wilson – BBC News
Aisha Gani – Buzzfeed
Courtney Cameron – Edinburgh Evening News
Harriet Line – Press Association News

Business/Trade/ Specialist
Gold: Tom Hale – The Financial Times
Clare McDonald – Computer Weekly
Amber Rolt – Estates Gazette
Oscar Williams Grut – Business Insider
Chloe Cornish – The Financial Times
Michael Wilkinson – The Daily Telegraph

Gold: Matt Quinton – The Sun
Kirsten Jones – The Express
Sarah Biddlecombe – Stylist
Helen Ann Smith – Sky News
Oliver Duggan – The Guardian
Timothy Revell – New Scientist

Judges’ Award – recognising particularly eye-catching achievement
Gold: Megan Lucero – Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Ruje Yasmin – ITV News
Helen Whitehouse – Trinity Mirror
Simon Peach – Press Association Sport
Rachel Coburn – BBC News
Tom Payne – The Daily Mail
Martha Kelner – The Daily Mail/ Guardian

To view the full list of our previous winners please see the brochure below.

MHP 30 to Watch brochure 2016